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Focus on What’s Right…

October 20, 2019 in Motherhood, Warrior Princess - No Comments

The other day at Callie’s orthopedic appointment, we had an X-Ray done of her back.

Callie, in addition to her other health issues, also has scoliosis.  We have to do yearly X-Rays, especially as she starts rapidly growing, just to monitor it.

As the doctor displayed the X-Ray on the screen, I immediately sucked in a breath….because how in the world could she walk with her spine like that?

But then my mind immediately flipped to the thought of…..what a miracle.

What an absolute MIRACLE she is….Because for all intensive purposes, her spine did not look like it could hold up a butterfly, let alone this fierce little fire breathing warrior. 

The doctor, seeing the look of wonder on my face, said softly, “Its amazing that she can walk with so many abnormalities, but by the grace, her spine works just for her and she can.”

How true.

How true that instead of looking at what was “wrong” or “damaged” we focused on what was right?

Instead of focusing on what was broken….we focused on what was amazingly put together for her?

Instead of focusing on the odds that were stacked against her, we focused on the fact that Callie has, and always will, be able to do anything that she sets her mind to.

Instead of being buried under the challenges that we faced, we focused on taking those challenges and using them to build the foundation of which we would stand.  So we would never find ourselves buried under the rubble…..but standing on top of the mountain of accomplishments.

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Instead of focusing on the loss of her leg….we focused on the gift of her prosthetic and her ability to be able to walk, run, ride horses, and play like all the other kids.  Callie didn’t lose anything with the amputation of her foot.  Instead she gained LIFE with her prosthetic.  She gained a purpose.  She gained a mission.  She gained a calling.

Instead of focusing on the scars on her chest showing her heart condition, we focus on the stories the scars tell.  Stories of the battles she’s fought, the warrior she is, and the fighter spirit that lights up her soul.  Scars connect us and we focused on showing people those to remind them that everyone has scars–visible and some not.  Behind every scar is an untold story of survival.  And our little warriors….she wears her scars well.

So in that hospital room, we focused on each of the gracefully formed white vertebrae that delicately balanced together to hold up our little warrior.  Positioned “perfectly imperfect” to allow her to be here. Fused together just so that her perfection and flaws…. were the best of friends.

Because without those imperfections……she wouldn’t be here.  So shouldn’t we celebrate those?

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Hi everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by! My name is Jaime! Wife to my better half, James, who is my moon and all of my stars. We are parents to our little warrior princess, Callie Grace. We started this blog to share our journey as we navigate through our crazy beautiful life. Callie is a lower limb amputee and I am a Type One Diabetic. We are hoping to change the face of beauty one step at a time! We hope by sharing our story, you leave with a little bit more inspiration and hope! Thank you so much for stopping by and joining our tribe!

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Hi Y'all! I’m Jaime, a proud working mama, author, girl boss and wifey to an ultra-adorable husband. I am a huge book nerd, I drink coffee like my life depends on it, and run on dry shampoo and Amazon Prime. Leopard print is my favorite color. I am a story teller at heart and this blog is a virtual scrapbook of our crazy beautiful life. I'm a Type One Diabetic and our little warrior princess Callie is a lower limb amputee. By sharing how we’ve chosen to flourish in the garden we’ve been planted in, we hope you can take some small nuggets of hope, inspiration, and laughter. We are so grateful that you’ve found us—welcome to the fam. We embrace our perfectly imperfect lives and don’t let the doctor’s appointments, spreadsheets, speaking engagements, 10th birthday parties to plan, housework or date nights overwhelm us. Those things are just the beautiful reminders of all the blessings in our lives. Read More

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